"Beyond Code" released in India

My travel schedule and the book release event and the follow on press appointments have kept me extremely busy and away from blogging. Adding to this, I am also on a “vacation” with Kavitha and Sumukh. So, basically lots of excuses.

The book release event succeeded beyond the expectation of all the concerned people (publisher, publicist and myself)

Here are the quick highlights.

The event happened at Oxford Book Store, Connaught Place in Delhi. There are so many things that are cool about this bookstore

1. The location – fantastic place to have a book store

2. The book collection – fascinating collection of books

3. The people – very warm and friendly and move at the speed of light. I think they are also very well-versed with organizing these types of events. I was sitting at the store since 2.30pm (attending press interviews) and they almost transformed the place to hold the event in less than 30 minutes.

4. The tea collection – Most book stores have a in-house store to serve coffee. This place has “Cha Bar” (Cha means Tea in Hindi) where they serve close to 50 different types of exotic teas. In one day, we tried three different varieties.

Piyush Chawla from Vikas Publishing introduced the chief guests – Ajay Jadeja (noted cricketer) and Sita Raina (noted theatre personality)

The Chief guests then unwrapped the books and officially the book was RELEASED.

I spoke for about ten minutes on the topic of “Distingish Yourself” – picked a few topics from my series on Distingiushing Yourself (Link – Squidoo Lens: Distinguish Yourself)

Sita Raina (who had received the book only yesterday) had great comments about the book that almost brought tears in my eyes. It took me almost ten years to write the book and to hear positive comments by somone of Sita’s stature re-affirmed my faith in the statement “every disciplined effort has multiple rewards”

Ajay Jadeja spoke briefly and made some great comments on the concept of the book and reading in general.

There was handsome representation from the press people – about ten press people and four TV channels.

This was big milestone for me in India and it will now be followed by three talks (two in Bangalore and one in Chennai) and that will conclude my “vacation” in India.

Thank you all and I have posted the photos from the even on Flickr. Here is the link:
Link: Beyond Code release event photos (Aug 31, Delhi)

Thanks again. I will be back to regular blogging early next week. Have a great weekend!